Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following stories is the sequel to "Two Soldiers"?

2. What weapon does Pete's younger brother use to attack the bus depot worker and the Army lieutenant?

3. What is the name of Sam Fathers' true father?

4. Who is responsible for the mysterious deaths of the chief and all his successors?

5. What request does Pappy make of Doom when Doom returns to his tribe?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

2. How does Pete's family react when he is killed in combat in the story "Shall Not Perish"?

3. What do the townsfolk find behind the locked door in Emily Grierson's home after she dies?

4. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

5. What happens when Flem Snopes attempts to turn his two black co-workers against each other in the story "Centaur in Brass"?

6. Why do the Jefferson townsfolk pity Emily Grierson after her father dies?

7. How is Sarty involved in his father's death?

8. How does Lucius Provine treat the black people in his neighborhood when he is a child?

9. How does the father in "The Tall Men" cope with the surgery he must undergo before his sons are taken away from him?

10. In the story "A Justice," why does Doom leave his tribe and where does he go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Turnabout" directly addresses the idea of prejudice in the Army during wartime. First, describe how the soldiers in this story felt about one another before spending a day in the other's shoes. Then describe the events that led up to the two soldiers experiencing a day in the other's life. Finally, describe what the soldiers realized was the same about them by the end of the story. What was still different?

Essay Topic 2

Faulkner decides to end his collection with the moving short story "Carcassonne." In it, the body and soul argue about the true form of death. First, describe both the body and the soul's argument as to what death truly is like. Then explain why Faulkner might have chosen to end his collection with this story, and how it unifies the collection as a whole.

Essay Topic 3

"Red Leaves" is the first story in the collection to deal with the issue of slavery from the Native American point of view. First, explain how the Native Americans in this story treat their slaves. Then, compare/contrast this treatment to the way the white men in Faulkner's collection treat their slaves. Why is "Red Leaves" an important story within this collection?

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